Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • Age Friendly New York City Helps Seniors Stay Active
    Seniors now account for roughly one out of every six New Yorkers. A recent initiative aims to assist older citizens stay healthy, active and connected to the community. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how that program has been making New York more accessible and affordable for its elders.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Will Leaked Secrets Damage Efforts by U.S. Intelligence?
    Leaks by Edward Snowden and other recent disclosures have revealed the scale of U.S. surveillance efforts. Judy Woodruff examines the impact of those revelations with Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post, Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies and former Department of Homeland Security official Stewart Baker.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Why Every Student in America Should Read Thoreau's "Walden"
    Mark Edmundson is an English professor at the University of Virginia who argues that higher education has evolved into a place of career training at the expense of students pursuing learning. He recommends that every student in America read Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" so they can witness the inspiration of a writer who embraced simplicity, living poor and devoting your life to nature.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • Sen. Deb Fischer: Obama Needs to Make Case for Strike
    While some prominent lawmakers have thrown their support behind a limited military strike in Syria, others remain unconvinced. Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., about her concerns and questions about why the U.S. is choosing to react to chemical weapon use now and how potential allies could be involved.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
  • The Art of Local Currency
    NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with graphic artists in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who benefit from the use of BerkShares, the region's local currency.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013
    September 4, 2013
  • Natl. Security Official: Assad Will Use Chemical Arms Again
    With bipartisan support mounting, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken says "the momentum is there" to win approval from Congress to use force in Syria. Judy Woodruff talks to Blinken about the goals of a military strike and the increased assistance now being sent to the Syrian opposition from the U.S. government.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

  • Nyad Says Record-Setting Swim Was to 'Fully Engaged' in Life
    Diana Nyad has made history as the first person to swim the 110-mile Florida Strait. This was Nyad's fifth attempt at the feat, and it took her 53 hours to complete. "I wanted this swim, this endeavor not to just be the athletic record," Nyad, 64, said, "I wanted it to be a lesson for my life that says, be fully engaged."
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Perez: 'Level Playing Field' Needed for American Workers
    Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez believes nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty, but it's hard to make progress when Americans face slow economic recovery and stagnant wages. Ray Suarez sits down with Perez to discuss right-to-work laws, hiring people with disabilities and long-term unemployment.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Transforming School Experience for African-American Boys
    In Oakland, Calif., some schools are working to better help African-American boys graduate from high school and improve their social and academic outcomes. Special Correspondent Joshua Johnson of KQED reports on the push to change the way these students think about school by offering them more support.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Verizon, Microsoft Make Long-term Bets on a Wireless Future
    Two big deals are shaking up the tech and telecommunications industry. Microsoft has bought Nokia's smartphone business for $7.2 billion and Verizon announced it was buying out Vodaphone's stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. Judy Woodruff talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about the long-term impact.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Looking at Risks if the Fukushima Ice Wall Defrosts
    The Japanese government is planning to build an ice wall around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant to try to stop radioactive water leaks. Jeffrey Brown examines the risks and potential political fallout with Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environment Research and Kenji Kushida of Stanford University.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Obama Secures Key Support for Military Strike in Syria
    President Barack Obama spent the day courting Congress for a U.S. military strike in Syria. Judy Woodruff reports on State Secretary John Kerry's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and how lawmakers are responding. Gwen Ifill speaks with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., about support for the authorization of force.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Boehner Says He Supports Obama on Syria
    House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use. He said his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013
  • Obama Meets Congressional Leaders to Discuss Syria
    On Tuesday, President Obama continued his administration's push to convince Congress to vote in support of his plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria. The president met with congressional leaders and cabinet members at the White House. Obama stressed that taking action would fit into a broader strategy of strengthening the opposition forces in Syria.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

  • Civil Rights Launched the Fight for LGBT, Women's Equality
    The civil rights movement didn't just promote equality for African-Americans. It was also a social justice springboard for other causes. To explore how the movement impacted the fight for LGBT and women's rights, Ray Suarez speaks with George Chauncey of Yale University and Ruth Rosen of the University of California, Davis.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Many in the Arab World Oppose Syria Military Strike
    Margaret Warner reports from Cairo, where she has been gathering reaction from Egyptians and from around the Mideast on the crisis in Syria. She talks to Jeffrey Brown about the "unanimity" of opposition she's encountered against a possible U.S. military strike.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Can Obama Convince Congress to Approve a Limited Strike?
    President Barack Obama spent Labor Day lobbying Congress members to support a possible strike in Syria, following a high-level briefing for lawmakers Sunday. Jeffrey Brown examines military options with retired Gen. John Keane, former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley and former Defense Department official Dov Zakheim.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Obama Seeks Syria Support From Senators McCain and Graham
    Joined by fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Republican Sen. John McCain was at the White House Monday for talks on Syria. The White House is engaging in what officials call a "flood the zone" persuasion strategy with Congress.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Labor Secretary Reflects on the Future of Unions
    Despite a continuing decline of union membership in America, Labor Sec. Thomas Perez remains optimistic about the future of organized labor. "If we are going to bring jobs back, if we're going to build a robust economy, we have got to recognize that we're all in this together," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in this interview excerpt with PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Nyad Completes Historic Swim
    Shortly before 2 p.m. ET, 64-year-old Diana Nyad reached the shore, surrounded by thousands of beachgoers, making history as the first to complete the historic swim from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage.She had been swimming for 52 hours and 110 miles across the Florida Straits. This was her fifth attempt at the athletic feat.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
    September 2, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

  • Obama Seeks Authorization from Congress for Action on Syria
    President Barack Obama said Saturday afternoon that the U.S. should take military action against Syrian targets but that he would seek authorization for use of force from Congress.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

  • Poet Seamus Heaney Dug the 'Wideness of Language'
    World-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died at age 74 in his native Ireland after a brief illness. Jeffrey Brown looks back on an interview he did with the poet two years ago where he reflected on his life and work. He shares an excerpt of Heaney reading a section from his poem, "Album."
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Fulfilling Demands Made by Those Who Marched on Washington?
    Fifty years after the March on Washington, African-Americans still confront high rates of unemployment, segregation in education and race-based partisan gridlock. In what areas have we seen progress? Gwen Ifill discusses the advances and what's left to be done with historian Taylor Branch and filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Crews Work to Save Yosemite Sequoias from Rim Fire
    Sequoias are among Earth's oldest and most massive trees. But a wildfire raging near California's Yosemite National Park has put some of their unique groves at risk. Kwame Holman reports on the effort by nearly 4,000 firefighters to contain the blaze and protect these environmental treasures.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Shields Brooks, Debate Need for National Consensus on Syria
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the case laid out by Secretary John Kerry for U.S. military action in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, and whether President Obama should seek congressional approval.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Should Obama Seek Congressional, Public Approval on Syria?
    Even if they believe the evidence shows that Syria's Assad regime executed a deadly chemical weapons attack, some lawmakers believe the president should seek congressional approval ahead of any military strike. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the issue from Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Obama: "I Have Not Made A Final Decision" on Syria
    Bookended by Baltic leaders, President Barack Obama said he hasn't made any final decisions on what actions the U.S. will take, regarding Syria."We're not considering any open ended commitment. We're not considering any boots on the ground approach."The president also said that his team has consulted with allies and Congress, and what's under consideration is a "limited, narrow act."
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Kerry: "Fatigue Does Not Absolve Us of Our Responsibility"
    Secretary of State John Kerry said in a news conference Friday that the Assad regime was responsible for last week's chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrians, including at least 400 children."The question is no longer what we know, it's what we collectively, we in the world, do about it," Kerry said.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013